Marpole, at the southern end of the Granville Street shopping district, directly across from Vancouver International Airport, has an industrial area along the banks of the Fraser River. Southwest Marine Drive, which runs along the Fraser, easily connects the community (and its industry) to South Burnaby and New Westminster to the east, and the airport to the south. Highway 99 to the Delta, Tsawwassen, White Rock and the United States connects to Granville Street at the Bridge Oak Street Bridge into Richmond. Marpole will have a new SkyTrain station at Southwest Marin Drive on the new Canada Line to Richmond.
Marpole (originally known as Eburne) is one of the oldest in Vancouver. The area lies south of West 57th Avenue, and is between Angus Drive on the west and Ontario Street on the east. The neighbourhood is close to the airport, and residents can watch and hear jets flying by everyday.
Marpole has a mix of old, craftsman styles houses and ranch style homes on quiet, tree-lined streets. The community is getting new executive and executive detached homes built. Marpole has many 4-storey apartments surrounding the Granville Street shopping area. Traffic is heavy in the area, so parking can be difficult.
Homes in South Vancouver run $648-682,000; with townhouses running 464-506,000, and condos in the $309-324,000 range.
The are a couple of shopping districts in the community. Most shopping is along Granville Street, with a mix or restaurants and pubs in the area. There is the "Little India," a South Asian shopping and restaurant district along Main Street. The nearest shopping mall is Oakridge.
The community has a number of small parks scattered around the neighbourhood. Fraser River Park lies on the riverbank, and Oak Park has a community center and outdoor pool. And the neighbourhood also has a curling club and has Langara Golf Course to the east and the Marine Drive and McCleery golf course to the west.
The community is served by 5 elementary schools, a public library and Sir Winston Churchill Secondary is just to the north. The community is adjacent to Langara College.